We had our last 'princess' class last night ...
... next week we will prepare for the finale where we invite the girl's family in to see and hear what they've learned.
The take home this week was invitations to the finale.
(I used things I had on hand that I had gotten on clearance at one time or another to make the invitatons.)
We finished the account of Esther by picking up with the King not being able to sleep the night of the first banquet and calling for the book of records so he could read for awhile. The King noted in his reading that nothing had been done to reward the man who had uncovered the plot to have him killed. He was pondering on this when Haman came to speak to him about having Mordecai hung. The King immediately asked Haman what should be done to reward someone the King wanted to reward. Haman, thinking the King wanted to reward him, told the King the highest honor would be to put the royal robes on the person, sit him on the King's horse and have him led through the city praising him to all. The King thought this was an excellent idea and told Haman to do all that he had said to Mordecai. Haman was not happy but did as the King requested.
As soon as Haman had finished leading Mordecai through the city square, Haman was taken to the second banquet with he and the King in attendance, when the King inquired of Queen Esther what her request was, she told him that her people were going to be killed and slaughtered. The King was shocked and wanted to know who would do such a thing. (I reminded the girls of Esther secret and that the King did not know that she was a Jew.) When Queen Esther told the King that the person was Haman, the King was so upset he left the room. Meanwhile, Haman, knowing that he was in trouble, begged Queen Esther for mercy. The King returned to the room during Haman's pleading and thought Haman was assualting the Queen. The King ordered Haman to be hung on the gallows he had prepared for Mordecai.
The King, knowing he could not undo the law he had been tricked into making by Haman, allowed Mordecai and Esther to write a new law that would save the Jews.
That's where we ended the class and the girls were full of questions. I answered them to the best of my ability! I think they have really enjoyed this special summer series ... their 'princess class.'
One more thing ... I caught one of the girl's being extra kind to a visiting little girl we had in class by helping her with her workbook activity. She was so tender with her and helpful in guiding her through the activity ... it just made my heart swell with pride. I want to reward that kind of behavior so, she will be given the kindness badge too.
To say that I have enjoyed teaching this special summer series is an understatment! The girls were wonderful to work with and I fell even more in love with them. I pray that something I've said or done during this series will cause them to want to learn more about our Lord. Just like Esther, God has a plan for their lives and I hope in some small way I've helped them realize that.